Celebrating a dream

Jadyn McAnarney, 9, asks Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble about civil rights Monday night at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. Questions were answered at the tail-end of the panel discussion.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Nine-year-old Jadyn McAnarney said in preparing for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, she learned a lot about the civil rights leader in her class. McAnarney learned facts such as King’s family history and that his mother was a musician, but what stuck out to her the […]

4-H more than livestock

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Ryan Craig looks over a 4-H shooting sports manual at his desk at the Roosevelt County Extension office. Craig will be implementing a shooting sports program this year in hopes to bring more involvement in 4-H from the county.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com As Roosevelt County’s 4-H agent, Ryan Craig oversees the clubs involvement in showing livestock, 4-H event in county, state and nationally, and also tries to bring more awareness of 4-H in the county “It has been a busy past year, but I have learned so much and had […]

District attorney to resign

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CMI staff Matt Chandler will resign as 9th Judicial District attorney effective March 1, he said Monday night. “After several months of prayer and consideration,” he said, “I made the decision to pursue new endeavors in the private sector.” Chandler, 38, has held the district attorney position for Curry and Roosevelt counties since his election […]

Local DA selected to prosecute Roswell shooting

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CMI Staff Clovis-Portales District Attorney Matt Chandler has been named special prosecutor in connection with last week’s shooting at Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School. The Roswell Daily Record and other media outlets reported Roswell DA Janetta Hicks asked Chandler to prosecute the case because of multiple conflicts of interest in her office. Mason Campbell, 12, has […]

A driving force

Bobby Dudley, a Clovis Area Transit System driver for eight years, checks the transmission fluid on a CATS vehicle Thursday as part of a pre-trip inspection.

By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Macrina Christian works nearly five miles from her home, and without a vehicle, she relies on the people she says are like her “best friends” at Clovis Area Transit System to give her a lift. “I do a lot of walking, so it’s nice to ride,” said Christian, who even gave […]

Meet the…Portales church choir members

Music is healing and music can make you happy. - Janice Smartnick

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Jo Rackler said she always remembers loving to sing. Starting at 10 years old, Rackler solos to do specials at church. Her church did not have a choir, but when her […]

Animal adoptions up

Animal Control officer Dustin Bouchard refills the water bowls of the animals in the Portales Animal Shelter at the end of his shift.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Animal adoptions at the Portales Animal Shelter have more than tripled since 2010, according to animal control officers. Officer Walter Chambers said he isn’t sure exactly why the number of adoptions have been on an upward trend since 2010, but he said it could be a sign that […]

Education feature — PHS media arts class gains students

Franklin Smith, center, teaches media students how to use programs that edit video and sound. The class also does live stream videos.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Curtis Utly started last year as the “new guy” at Portales High School. Taking the media arts class that is offered at the school, Utly learned video editing while working within a group. “Everyone was really friendly and I made new friends because of this class,” Utly said […]

Roswell native knew teacher who worked at school

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By Emily Crowe and Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITERS Portales MainStreet Director Debralynn Soza said she immediately thought of her family and friends when she heard of Tuesday’s shooting at a Roswell middle school. The early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School wounded two students. A 12-year-old classmate is in custody, accused of pulling a […]

Roswell student: Shooter pulled gun from band instrument case

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Berrendo Middle School student Gabby Vasquez told reporters the boy who was shot "got along with everybody."

The Associated Press ROSWELL — A 12-year-old New Mexico boy drew a shotgun from a band-instrument case and shot and wounded two classmates at his middle school Tuesday morning before a teacher talked him into dropping the weapon and he was taken into custody, officials and witnesses said. Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy was […]

Making right choices stressed

New Mexico Activities Association Assistant Director Rudy Aragon talks to student athletes about making the right choices so they can be stronger competitors.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The assistant directors of the New Mexico Activities Association told Portales High School student-athletes that if they aren’t doing all it takes to be the best version of themselves, there is still time. NMAA’s Rudy Aragon thinks the words he and others from the NMAA shared with students […]

Portales sweeps Saturday Shoot Out games

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Tularosa’s speed and quickness caused the Portales Lady Rams some problems Saturday night. The Lady Wildcats just didn’t have the size to make a game of it.   Sophomore Kambrey Blakey scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds while her backup, junior McKenzie Bucksath, added 10 points and […]

Better night than never

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Shayla Ornelas, front, takes her history course online at Portales High School’s computer lab while PHS Assistant Principal Garrick Matthews supervises. Ornelas, 15, is one of 20 students in the night school program.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com When Reyna Navarrete felt her life situations were too demanding, the 17-year-old dropped out of high school. Her priorities shifted from doing well in school to raising her 1-year-old daughter as a single mother. “I had to look for a job to take care of my daughter,” said […]

Texico, Tatum gain finals

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Melrose’s Taylor Bostwick tries to split Tatum defenders Abby Medlin, left, and Kynzie McNeillin the second quarter of their Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament semifinal Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Two great minutes aren’t nearly enough to overcome nine bad ones on most nights. Against an undefeated Tatum team, it was even more difficult. Abby Medlin had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Tatum survived a late Melrose burst for a 48-36 victory in the semifinals of the […]

Still standing — Comedian Paul Rodriguez is cloing to Clovis

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Paul Rodriguez will perform Friday night at the Clovis Civic Center.

Paul Rodriguez is a famous comedian, but he’s the second Paul Rodriguez to come up in a Google search. Rodriguez, who turns 60 on the Sunday following his Friday performance at the Clovis Civic Center, is the father of Paul Rodriguez Jr., a professional skateboarder who may be more famous these days. Tickets are $32, […]

Reyes finds her work rewarding

Rachel Reyes helps one of her fourth-grade students, Marisol Amparan, read. Reyes uses sign language to help Amparan understand and read words in the sentences. Reyes has seven students she has throughout the day and teaches all subjects.

 By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. Before the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, special education for school-aged children with disabilities was virtually nonexistent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. So when […]

Lesser Prairie Chicken plan touted

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Several landowners said they left Thursday’s informational meeting about the Range-wide Conservation Plan for the lesser prairie chicken with more questions than answers. The deadline is approaching for listing the rare grouse, native to New Mexico and four other states, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species […]

Zias, Tucker rally for win

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By Dave Wagner CMI SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com For 36 minutes, Eastern New Mexico University’s Tori Tucker was just trying to stay in the game — she drew two offensive fouls in the first five minutes, and found herself saddled with four midway through the second half. In the end, though, the junior guard from Floyd […]

New city pool in works, but costs unknown

The Portales City Swimming Pool needs repairs before it opens up this summer. City councilors are looking into designing a new facility to replace the 60-year-old pool.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com This summer may be the last for the city’s struggling swimming pool, which needs dire repairs and hasn’t had much renovation done to it since it opened nearly 60 years ago. But fear not; Portales city councilors said they know the pool is a summer staple and they […]

Greyhound rally falls short

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By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com If one knew the Greyhounds would hold Cameron under 60 points Wednesday night, you would probably anticipate an easy victory. Instead, the Aggies built an 11-point lead over the cold-shooting Hounds with three minutes left, and held off a furious rally for a 59-58 victory in the Lone […]